How can I delete "Account Unknown" local user profiles?

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Sandy Wood, Jun 21, 2005.

  1. Sandy Wood

    Sandy Wood Guest

    I'd like to delete 3 "Account Unknown" profiles on one of my Windows 2003
    servers but the Delete button is greyed out. Is there any other way to
    accomplish this?
     
    Sandy Wood, Jun 21, 2005
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  2. Sandy Wood

    Will Guest

    You can delete using the SID of the object by dsdel tool in windows 2003. You
    can use the ADSI editor (Support Tools)
     
    Will, Jun 21, 2005
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  3. Sandy Wood

    Sandy Wood Guest

    Will,

    Thanks for the info - can you give me an idea where to get dsdel from? I
    can't find it in my searches. Also, not sure where in AdsiEdit I need to go.
    These Unknown accounts are local accounts also, I'm not sure this makes a
    difference.
     
    Sandy Wood, Jun 21, 2005
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  4. Check out here:
    http://www.petri.co.il/download_free_reskit_tools.htm

    And look for ADSIEdit
     
    Arek Iskra [MVP], Jun 25, 2005
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    Daniel Guest

    I have to agree that it looks a little suspicious. Not sure I would run
    one against my domain at work because I can only assume that they are
    from MS.
     
    Daniel, Jun 27, 2005
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  6. Sandy Wood

    Sandy Wood Guest

    I agree.....why a Microsoft utilitly would be found elsewhere.....

    Probably for the better....

    Onward to find the answer to my question

    Sandy Wood
    Orange County District Attorney
     
    Sandy Wood, Jun 27, 2005
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    Daniel Guest

    from THE MS website you can get delprof.exe I think with this tool you
    can do this.
     
    Daniel, Jun 27, 2005
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  8. Sandy Wood

    Sandy Wood Guest

    Thanks Daniel. I got right to it and was able to download and run it on my
    server. The only thing is, now, delprof.exe doesn't see the 'Account Unknown'
    local user profiles to be able to delete them. I wouldn't be too concerned
    about them except we're running MOM2005 and the MBSA Mgmt pack keeps alerting
    me that one of these profiles has unsecure IE settings.

    Any ideas on how to brute-force delete the profiles?
     
    Sandy Wood, Jun 27, 2005
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  9. Sandy Wood

    Daniel Guest

    you can use delprof to delete all inactive profiles on the computer.
    Failing that, as a last resort you can just delete (or move) the folder
    under Documents And Settings.

    Also, see this -->
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;159927

    Maybe try deleting it in Safe Mode?
     
    Daniel, Jun 28, 2005
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  10. Sandy Wood

    Sandy Wood Guest

    Daniel,

    Thanks for the link. That gave me an idea that these three "Account Unknown"
    profiles possibly should not be deleted in the first place. Although I can't
    determine what services they may or may not be associated with, I'd rather
    err on the safe side and assume these are OS related. I'll leave the mystery
    to Microsoft and as long as all is running smooth (except for the pesky MOM
    alerts) I'll live with these mystery profiles.


    thanks again for trying to help on this one.
     
    Sandy Wood, Jun 28, 2005
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    Daniel Guest

    Sandy, you could try moving the folders out of the Documents And
    Settings folder to see what effect they have on the computer perhaps?
    Then if they have an adverse effect you could move them back.
     
    Daniel, Jun 29, 2005
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  12. Sorry folks, been away for a while. I grabbed it from my favorite links,
    hence it points to non-MS website. The latest version of ADSIEdit can be
    found in Support Tools. Microsoft has published an updated version for
    Windows 2003 SP1 and it can be found here:
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...78-8BE1-4E81-B3BE-4E7AC4F0912D&displaylang=en

    And more info on Support Tools:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/892777

    Sorry for making you feel suspicious :)
     
    Arek Iskra [MVP], Jun 29, 2005
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  13. Sorry folks, been away for a while. I grabbed it from my favorite links,
    hence it points to non-MS website. The latest version of ADSIEdit can be
    found in Support Tools. Microsoft has published an updated version for
    Windows 2003 SP1 and it can be found here:
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...78-8BE1-4E81-B3BE-4E7AC4F0912D&displaylang=en

    And more info on Support Tools:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/892777

    Sorry for making you feel suspicious :)
     
    Arek Iskra [MVP], Jun 29, 2005
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  14. Sandy Wood

    Sandy Wood Guest

    Daniel,

    I tried doing that also, but there aren't any folders in Documents and
    Settings for these profiles. MOM recognizes them as something like this:

    User: S-1-5-21-3988730419-3404260447-3944069251-1012
     
    Sandy Wood, Jun 29, 2005
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